HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from San Lorenzo on July 22, 2016.
Hector “Tito” Villalba became the first Designated Player in Atlanta United history, signing on July 22, 2016. He scored 13 goals and added 11 assists in his first MLS season in 2017, starting all 34 matches. He followed that up with a seven-goal, nine-assist campaign in an injury-plagued 2018, giving him an even 20-goals, 20-assists through his first two years in MLS.
OUTSIDE MLS: Villalba was selected to join Buenos Aires based San Lorenzo at age 10, and came up through the club’s youth system. He made his professional debut in August 2012 playing under technical director Ricardo Caruso. At only 21-years-old, Villalba has made over 100 first team appearances for San Lorenzo scoring 16 goals.